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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Puffins Lapbook


So with science class being about birds and mammals, each child was assigned to do a report on a bird of their choice. We came home after the first class and went through what animal books we had about birds, and Cole chose to learn about Puffins. We read about them, watched several YouTube videos about them...and we lap booked about them. The assignment actually said to write a report, but since he is the youngest in the class and is not writing much more than his name as of right now, we decided a lap book was the best option. I wrote in the words, but he helped me find the information, he read it to me (in most cases), and I wrote it. Then he did the gluing and some of the cutting.
So presenting our Puffins project:




I got most of the lap booking items from Bird Lap books and from Enchanted Learning (I mentioned this site before, it's a $20/yr membership fee, but has lots of really useful stuff, well worth the cost IMO).

Zane of course wanted to have something to do as well, so I pulled out the play dough and some plastic scissors. This is a great way to build the muscles kids need to use scissors. Paper is to flimsy for them to cut, so starting out with play dough really helps them get a feel for scissors, then you can move onto card stock or tag board (b/c it's not flimsy).... The only way for kids to learn to cut is to let them do it! Cole still needs some work, but he has never been into arts and crafts, and never graduated much past cutting play dough (b/c he never wanted to).

Then we took a field trip to the Scholastic Books Warehouse SALE...a dangerous place for me! YIKES! I am a book-a-holic, but I found lots of great books...and controlled my spending (for the most part). I got some books for this year (K) and the next 2 schools years (1st and 2nd grade). But, as I always have said...you can NEVER have to many books...and I have put it to the test! I'd much rather have my bookshelves over flowing than a bunch of junk toys everywhere! Here is what I got for $75.

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